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The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

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Over the years, the names of particular towns in Spain and Mexico have become associated with mayólica, different towns gaining prominence in different eras.

Jar / Jarrón
Jar / Jarrón
1700-1800, Talavera
de la Reina, Spain
Museu de Ceràmica, Barcelona
Photo by Guillém Fernández
Potters in Talavera de la Reina, Spain, were famous for their polychrome Renaissance style pottery, and the name of their town became permanently associated with tin-glazed earthenware. Manises was known for its lusterware and Seville for its tilework. Mexican potters in Puebla developed a blue-on-white style so successful that it persisted for two centuries, while Guanajuato became known for its colorful floral designs. The particular characteristics of the ceramics from each of these areas illustrate the artistic excellence of the potters and painters as well as the diversity that was possible within the single medium of mayólica.

Origins of Mayólica

Trade & Transformation


Daily Life

The Traditional Potter's Workshop

Contemporary Showcase